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NJ DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NEWS RELEASE
RELEASE: 5/24/01
01/57
CONTACT: Amy Collings or Loretta O'Donnell
(609) 984-1795 or 292-2994

PG&E ENTERS DEP PROGRAM FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

Two New Jersey facilities have become the fourth and fifth organizations in the state to be accepted into a new state program that promotes pollution prevention and environmental excellence.

At two signing ceremonies today, at the PG&E National Energy Group's Logan and Carney's Point facilities, State Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Shinn explained that the state's Silver & Gold Track Program for Environmental Performance is a voluntary, partnership approach to provide creative solutions for more effective environmental management in New Jersey. To be eligible, a company must have a good environmental record for at least the past five years, with all plans, permits and approvals in good standing.

"This is an exciting, incentive-based program to demonstrate that when businesses focus on pollution prevention, energy conservation, innovative technologies and recycling, it's good for business, and good for the environment," said Commissioner Shinn. "By participating in this initiative, National Energy Group is on track to realize environmental goals and economic gains."

Under the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Silver Track program, eligible companies are provided incentives such as public recognition, expedited permit processing, and a single point of contact within DEP, for committing to achieve demonstrable and measurable improvements in their environmental performance. In the second level of the program, Silver Track II, participants also must achieve verifiable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and, in turn, are offered a degree of operational flexibility. In the third level, Gold Track, participants also must reduce other hazardous air pollutants, commit to enhanced handling, treatment and storage of hazardous wastes, reduce water consumption and water discharges and undertake other energy efficiency and pollution prevention activities.

Both National Energy Group facilities in Logan and Carney's Point are participating in the new state program. Other Silver Track participants include the New Jersey Air National Guard, 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Twp., New Brunswick Plating Co. and the Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst.

For more information on the program, contact the DEP Office of Pollution Prevention and Permit Coordination at 609-292-3600 or visit www.state.nj.us/dep

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